Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) style was tonal and often evocative of the English countryside through the use of folk themes.
Among his works are the orchestral Fantasia on a Theme By Thomas Tallis (1910); the opera Sir John in Love (1929), featuring the Elizabethan song "Greensleves"; and nine symphonies (1909-1957).
He studied at Cambridge, the Royal College of Music, and with Max Bruch in Berlin and Maurice Ravel in Paris.
His choral poems include Toward the Unknown Region (Whitman) in 1907 and On Wenlock Edge (Housman) in 1909, A Sea Symphony (1910), and A London Symphony (1914).
Later works include Sinfonia Antartica in 1953, developed from his film score for Scott of the Antarctic 1948, and a Ninth Symphony in 1958. He also wrote A Pastoral Symphony (1922), sacred music for unaccompanied choir, the ballad opera Hugh the Drover (1924), and the operatic morality play The Pilgrim's Progress (1951).
Why is Ralph Vaughan Williams famous?
Ralph Vaughan Williams was a famous English composer, born in Gloucestershire.